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Fort Ridgely State Park
Descriptions of Selected Resources

Minnesota state parks contain a variety of historic properties. These images are representative of the Rustic Style historic resources built in Minnesota state parks.

Click to see larger image of Water Tower and Garage Water Tower and Garage
Builder: CCC
Architect: V.C. Martin
Date: 1937-38




This unusual building includes a water tower, office, garage, pump room, and workshop. The water tower, which contains a workshop below the elevated water tank, was completed in 1937. The office, garage and pump room were built in 1938. Click to see historic photo of Water Tower and GarageThe circular water tower is constructed of Morton Rainbow Granite laid random ashlar. The structure has a diameter of 21' and rises to the height of 31'. The battered stonework rises 21' and is followed by a 4' section of plank louvers separated by 8" x 10" posts. A conical roof with a 3' overhang supported by 4" x 6" rafters caps the tower. The entrance is covered by a protective canopy resting on timber brackets.

The adjacent office, garage, and pump room are contained within a 40'6" x 26'6" rectangular building. Constructed of granite, the building is covered by a gabled roof that slopes to a height of only 6' at the rear of the building. Although all doors were originally 2-ply rough boards, the two garage doors have been replaced. Window openings are 3-over-3-light casements.

Entrances to both the tower and adjacent office share a flagstone terrace defined by a low granite wall.

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